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St. Edward's University has educational partnerships in 11 countries, expanding opportunities for exchange students and study abroad.

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On Becoming Unstoppable

Whether you're a new freshman, transfer, graduate or adult student, you will find a passion for academic challenge, life-changing knowledge, global awareness and social justice among the students and faculty at St. Edward's University.

George E. Martin, PhD
George E. Martin, PhD
President, St. Edward's University
Education
  • PhD, Fordham University
  • MA, Fordham University
  • BA, St. John's University
Career Highlights
  • Entered faculty service in 1969 as a member of the St. Peter's College Political Science Department; became chairman in 1976
  • Academic dean of St. Peter's College from 1985 to 1991 then became academic vice president
  • Inaugurated as president of        St. Edward's University in October 1999
St. Edward's Highlights 1999–2013
  • Doubled size of freshman class to 790
  • Increased six-year graduation rate to 69%
  • Increased overall enrollment from 3,669 to approximately 5,000
  • Achieved recognition as one of the top regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 11 consecutive years
  • Peers named St. Edward's one of the "Up-and-Coming Universities" for 2010 , 2011 and 2013
  • Increased total fundraising to more than $145 million
  • Formed partnerships to create a spectrum of educational programs around the world
Involvements
  • Commission on Higher Education Attainment
  • Council of Independent Colleges, board member
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, board member
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, President’s Trust for Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Campus to Community Coalition of Texas, board member
  • Ballet Austin, board member
  • Austin Symphony Honorary Advisory Council
  • Caritas Community Advisory Board
  • Austin Area Research Organization
  • Tuesday Club

I attribute the St. Edward's difference to our dedication to excellence, as well as our focus on education as a journey of self-discovery and personal fulfillment. This journey allows students to find out who they are and what talents they have, and who they can be and should be as moral and ethical leaders in their professional and civic communities. I also credit a strongly held belief, instilled long ago by the Congregation of Holy Cross, that by working together we achieve outcomes that surpass the reach of anyone pursuing a goal alone.

Study the achievements of St. Edward's University over the last 12 years and you will see this confidence and collaboration at work. In 2000, it allowed us to set forth an ambitious vision for the school — to become known as one of the best small universities in the country. That vision, guided by a 10-year strategic plan, fueled a decade of enrollment growth, campus expansion and academic innovation that has garnered national acclaim for St. Edward’s.

In 2010, we created a new five-year strategic plan that is extending the presence and impact of the university around the globe. Our vision for 2015: educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world.

It would take a book to trace the more than 125-year-old success story of St. Edward’s. Allow me to share a few of the highlights and hallmarks of our ongoing transformation as we empower students to take on their world. I hope it will inspire you to add your spark to a fire that burns ever brighter.

St. Edward's University Highlights and Hallmarks

 

Faculty

To guarantee a personalized education for our students in a challenging and inspiring academic environment, we attract dynamic teacher-scholars who prefer a smaller school that encourages teamwork across disciplines and ample time with each student. Our award-winning faculty members actively research, present and publish in their fields, and bring an international perspective to the classroom.

Student Quality

Since 1999, average freshman SAT scores have risen almost 90 points to 1123, and 55% of the 2013–2014 freshmen rank in the top quarter of their high school classes. High-achieving students and parents know the value of a private, liberal arts education that connects study across the arts, sciences and humanities with the knowledge and experience needed for professional success and a fulfilling life.

Student Success

Bolstered by self-discovery, sense of purpose and a worldview, our students earn prestigious Fulbright, McNair and Udall fellowships and pursue global academic and service challenges in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. They enroll in graduate programs at top institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame, Cornell and Cal-Berkeley. And they are hired by some of the world's best companies — IBM, MTV, Apple, Dell, Facebook and Google, to name a few.

Dynamic Hilltop Campus

Since 1999, St. Edward's has made more than $150 million in campus improvements. New residence halls, dining and recreation facilities, laboratories and classrooms reflect a confidence that the coming years will see St. Edward's and its students aim even higher. Recently completed in Fall 2013 are the second phase of our leading-edge natural sciences center and a new library and learning commons that connects students to information resources around the world.

Global Reach

As part of Strategic Plan 2015, St. Edward’s continues to expand opportunities for international learning. We have a portal campus in Western France and partnerships with 14 universities in 10 countries, with plans for more partnerships by 2015. We've launched numerous global initiatives to support our goal of doubling the number of undergraduates who study abroad. Meanwhile, the Austin campus environment is becoming more global as we enhance our international programs and curriculum. Our international student enrollment increased by 55% in 2011, more exchange students are studying on the hilltop and more international faculty and staff are joining our community.

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